The Chesterfield County Police Department’s Senior Citizens Academy held its ninth graduation ceremony on Tuesday, July 16.
The class, consisting of 19 graduates, joined the more than 700 county residents who have already completed the Senior Citizens or Citizens academies, which were first offered in 1999.
The academy includes visual presentations, question and answer sessions, tours and a variety of practical exercises. The department believes graduates of the Senior Citizens Academy help reinforce its partnership with residents and ensure that Chesterfield County is the safest and most secure community of its size in the U.S.
At Tuesday’s ceremony, Col. Thierry Dupuis, chief of police, thanked the graduates for their participation and encouraged them to get involved in the community. “We learned a long time ago that in order for us to do our job we need to seek input and help from the members of our community,” he said.
Student speaker Dorothy Shackleford said the graduates may have “joked around and had lots of fun, but we learned much more than we had anticipated.”
Tuesday’s graduates included: John Briggs, Curtis Crews, Peggy Crews, Bill Cunningham, Charlotte Cunningham, Horace E. Dabney, Barbara Franz, Bruce Hampton, Will H. Lewis, Jr., Ph.D., Pat Lorimer, Wayne S. Paul, Beverly Poston, Robert Reagle, George Schooler, Dorothy B. Shackleford, Frances Simms, Richard Steele, Helen Warlick and Jerry Williams.